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February 3, 2010 > City of Union City

City of Union City

January 26, 2010

Proclamations and Presentations
Teresa Garcia (General Government), Steve Mendez (Public Safety) and Laurie Radovich (Public Works Maintenance/Leisure Services/Transit) were recognized as Employees of the Year 2009.

David Williams, Public Services, was honored upon his retirement for his years of service to the community.

Consent Calendar
Adopted ordinance approving zoning text amendment to regulate distribution of tobacco products and establishment of cigarette or tobacco stores and drug paraphernalia establishments or head shops in response to Council direction under the moratorium.This is the ordinance's second reading and will take effect 30 days hence.

Accepted and appropriated Community Development Block Grant - Recovery (CDBG-R) program funds from Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to fund the Housing Rehabilitation/Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Program. In May 2009, the city submitted a Substantial Amendment to HUD to apply for $172,899 of CDBG-R monies. HUD approved funding to augment the city's existing Housing Rehabilitation Program, operated with Alameda County, with focus on rehabilitation with an energy efficiency component, as preferred by ARRA for CDBG-R funded projects. The funding must be spent by Sept 30, 2012. No fiscal impact to the General Fund.

Accepted and appropriated Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECGB) funding to develop and implement projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions. The city has been allocated $638,200 in formula grants, which will be utilized for a pass-through ($25,200), preparation of a Climate Action Plan and a Related Environmental Clearance ($200,000), energy retrofits of municipal buildings including an energy audit ($288,000) and subsidies for building permit fees for green building and energy efficiency improvements ($125,000). No impact to the General Fund. These amounts include a 10 percent allocation for city administrative costs, as allowed by the EECBG Program.

Authorized City Manager to enter into an agreement for "Circle of Life," a sculpture by Saori Ide and Johation Russell at Union City Sports Center. The Sports Center budget included $100,000 for public art, approved May 2007. The money has been budgeted under the Special Parks fund.

City Manager Reports
Presented recommendations for Council discussion and appointed Vice Mayor Richard Valle and Councilmember Carol Dutra-Vernaci to an ad hoc Community Task Force to provide recommendations for a Decoto Area Family & Youth Resource Center. The remaining 13 members of the Task Force will be from other commission and community organizations. The Task Force has until May 30, 2010 to make its first report to the City Council.

Presented options and recommendations for a 2010 Utility Users Tax measure.

Mayor Mark Green - Yes
Vice Mayor Richard Valle - Yes
Carol Dutra-Vernaci - Yes
Manny Fernandez - Yes
Jim Navarro - Yes

Oral Communications
Elizabeth Ames stated that about 30 supporters of the Save Our Hills Campaign attended the Planning Commission meeting on Jan 21. 17 spoke against the Masonic Homes Flatlands Project. Packet materials were unavailable before the meeting. She wishes to see more city-public engagement because members of the community wish to follow meeting discussions remain informed about the Flatlands Project. Economic & Community Development Director Joan Malloy explained packet materials are usually available online; copies will be available in the Council Chamber.

Another resident feels the Flatlands Project does not adequately address traffic issues. As a professional driver he foresees problems.

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